Dick Gaughan, one of the most important Scottish singers during the last
four decades, makes a rare appearance in the south when he appears at The
South Parade Pier.
Since turning professional in 1970, Dick Gaughan has released over 25
albums, and his songs have been recorded by many top artistes, including
Capercaillie, Mary Black and Billy Bragg.
His first solo album, "No More Forever", released in 1972, contains some
real classics, probably the definitive versions of songs like "Rattlin'
Roarin' Willie," "The Green Linnet", "Cam Ye O'er Frae France", "Bonnie Banks Of
Fordie", and "McCrimmon's Lament".
In 1972 Dick joined the immensely influential Boys Of The Lough, on guitar
and vocals, together with the great fiddler Aly Bain, Cathal McConnell on
flute, whistle and vocals.and Robin Morton on concertina, bodhran and vocals.
In 1975, Dick joined Five Hand Reel,contributing on guitar, cittern, banjo,
whistle and vocals, with Bobby Eaglesham (vocals, guitar and mandolin),
Barry Lyons (bass guitar), Dave Tulloch (drums), Tom Hickland (fiddle, piano and
vocals. Five Hand Reel were the classic Scottish folk rock band - the
Scottish equivalent of England's Steeleye Span or Ireland's Horslips -but found
it hard to gain acceptance with either the folk or the rock audience.
Dick left Five Hand Reel to pursue a solo carrer, and his 1981 solo album
"A Handful Of Earth" is probably his greatest album. His version of "The
World Turned Upside Down" is the album's highpoint, inspiring Billy Bragg to
record the song.